søndag 5. september 2021

China “Proves That Marxism Works”: The 100th Anniversary Document

Presented with much fanfare as the main document of the CCP’s 100thanniversary, a long text on “The CCP: Its Mission and Contributions” has been published on August 26 by the Propaganda Department (now renamed in English the “Publicity Department”) of the Party’s Central Committee. That it has been published both in Chinese and in English, which recently is not often the case for CCP documents, is in itself important.

The document, besides celebrating the achievements and victories of the CCP in 100 years, appears to have been devised to counter two allegations, which mightily disturb President Xi Jinping. The first, which comes from Western media and some Western scholars, is that the CCP is no longer Marxist. The second, which is more present within China but also scares some foreign investors, is that the CCP under Xi Jinping is becoming again too much Marxist, which may eventually damage Chinese economy and the value of foreign investments.

The most interesting parts of the document are those answering these two allegations. The text reiterates what Xi Jinping emphasizes every week: that the CCP is Marxist, Communist, and Leninist, and that those who raise doubts about it lie.